I have achieved some goals I'm proud of (i.e, my makeup work getting published in a few beauty and fashion magazines, public speaking, losing 30 lbs, getting this blog up and running, etc.)! And with some of these achievements came losses (i.e. I gained back about 15 -20 lbs back of what I'd lost, I fell financially off-track, I accumulated a bunch of crap due to horrible spending habits, and so on).
It is something we all experience and it's a struggle. So, instead of putting the pressure on ourselves, why not call it New Year's GOALS instead of RESOLUTIONS? I thought back to behavior I practiced to achieve some goals in the past few years and came up with 5 tips I’m happy to share with you all...
Tip #1: Create a Vision Board
You can have a physical board and cut out your favorite things from magazines and pin it up for constant inspiration or create online boards (as I did below) on Pinterest. A constant goal we had in the past few years was to remodel our 1979 home as steadily as possible and we achieved much of it. We constantly referred to boards to narrow down our styles and, of course, what to buy. Granted it took a lot of time to get what we wanted but most everything that we fixed up turned out beautifully and we are confident we will at least get one of the two rooms done in the near future.
Tip #2: Set Attainable Goals
Tip #3: Ease into It
Tip #4: Hold Yourself Accountable
Tip #5: Avoid Comparisons
This is definitely easier said than done and I'm not perfect at it. Sometimes I see things and feel like a failure. Because it's a social media world, we are inundated of images of beautiful people and/or seemingly unattainable (material) things, lifestyles, etc. I'd like to believe most of these people have good intentions - you can usually tell if they don't and just want to brag - and really just want to share what makes them happy.
I think choosing how you react to these images, status updates, (or what have you) determines whether you are setting yourself up for opportunity or failure. This is probably a practice that is going to be on-going because of everyday life and what you encounter. After all, you can't control everything that happens to come your way.
~ XOXO, Mari